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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Pathway to the PhD

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The Pathway to the PhD (P2P) program is a 3-week mentored, hands-on, research-intensive experience for juniors and sophomores that runs during the January break and is open to UMass-Boston undergraduates interested in careers in biomedical research.

Participants work with graduate students from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) at approximately a 3:1 ratio. The graduate students design experiments for the undergraduates that are based on the graduate students’ thesis or lab's research. In previous years, undergraduates have worked on how heart failure affects the recruitment of immune cells to the heart and how glucose affects the ability of the causative agent of cholera to form bacterial biofilms.

Learn about the P2P experience.

We are particularly interested in recruiting individuals from groups that are under-represented in the biomedical sciences. The NIH has reported that groups under-represented in biomedical or behavioral research include African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans or Latino/a, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, and Pacific Islanders, individuals from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds and disabled persons. First generation college students are also encouraged to apply.

The 2022 P2P program will run from Monday, January 3 to Friday, January 21.

Information on the application process can be found here.

Although the focus of the P2P experience is on gaining research experience, participants learn how to:

  • Present their work effectively;
  • Think critically about their data and experimental set-up;
  • Apply to summer research internships, post-baccalaureate programs, PhD, and MD/PhD programs.
  • Prepare for careers in biomedical research.

Pipeline and Graduate Programs

Summer undergraduate research at GSBS

Post-bac internships at GSBS

TUSM Pipeline Programs

GSBS is home to PhD and MS programs

More Information

For information on the P2P program, contact Aimee Shen, PhD, Program Director.

For information on the application process, contact Lyn Fulton-John, Program Administrator.

Contact Information

Aimee Shen, PhD
Program Director

Administrative Office
MEB 8th Floor
Lyn Fulton-Jones
Program Administrator
Phone: 617-636-2469

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Health Science Campus

The Health Sciences Campus is home to GSBS, the Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, Nutrition, Tufts Medical Center and several research institutes.